Tips and Tricks: Candy Coating with UTEE

Previously I did an entry for Candy Coating with glossy accents, which I prefer, as it’s less mess as compared to powder embossing. Both methods will give that finish gloss to where it is applied on. Today’s focus will be on candy coating with clear embossing powder. I’ll be sharing this technique with UTEE (ultra thick embossing ename) but it is the similar when using a coloured / fine embossing powder. Let’s get going!

When embossing here are a few must have:

  1. Heat tool
  2. Versa mark / pigment ink / glue pad
  3. Embossing powder
  4. Tweezers

So depending on your preference, get a heating tool and embossing powder to your liking and i’ll be explain a little more on versa mark, pigment ink and glue pad that can be used for embossing.

Versa mark: It’s a invisible ink made for watermarking and embossing. It does not consist of any colour so it’s like a sticky ink pad! Awesome when you want to do a water mark background or embossing!

Pigment ink: Pigment ink is one of the inks that stay moist longer than other inks (like chalk / dye / ect). So when using pigment ink, it allows FINE embossing powder to stick on the ink, this allows you time to heat emboss it. I tried UTEE on pigment ink , results are negative. It only works on fine embossing powder. When using coloured embossing powder, you can used any colour of pigment ink as your emboss powder will cover up the ink you’ve used.

Glue pad: Another option to versa mark is glue pad. You literally use glue! It works like a versa mark pad except you have to apply the glue when you are using it. It can be a hassle to apply and clean of the glue but it works fine with embossing as it sticks the particles onto your project!

When embossing with powder it might get slightly messy as these powder particles can be hard to clean up. UTEE is very coarse and size particle is close to sugar while normal embossing powder is much more finer and size particle is similar to powder. There are a lot more different types of embossing powder that gives you different effects after embossing it which is pretty cool.

So why use UTEE? UTEE is a lot coarser, so it’s really good when you want to create a thick layer of gloss over a big image. (For fine details, invest on fine embossing powder) If you compare it to glossy accents, waiting time for drying is a lot faster too! Here’s an example of UTEE after heating:

The colour difference only works on certain paper and this is an example on craft paper.

I previously embossed a larger surface and decided to bend it. Here’s what happened:

I was so surprised the surface cracked like glass!!! This was ard 3-4 coatings, I was just playing ard :b But yea…it’s pretty cool! I mean, it’s like a glossy + cracked accents duo! Haha… So I was just so surprised by how hard yet brittle embossed UTEE could be. So lessson of the day is….

Bend your project before UTEE hardens.

If you are wondering how thick can UTEE get? Here’s an example:

Looks totally like a broken glass piece!!! I had my share of playing with UTEE….

My tip to you: Invest on fine embossing powder, they are easier to work with but harder to clean up. Unless you want to gloss up butterflies or flowers, then invest in UTEE! Or… you are someone who wants to have a distress glass effect, then maybe consider UTEE. If you prefer to use embossing sentiments or fine details, a bottle of fine embossing powder should make you happier crafter (:

I personally invested in a bottle of UTEE as it was on sales but I prefer UTEE to my fine emboss powders as they are easier to use on fine details.  Hope you enjoy this tip on UTEE!

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